GE Aviation Begins First Passport Assembly

GE Aviation has begun assembling the first passport development engine for the Bombardier Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft. The passport engine for the business jets will produce 16,500 pounds of thrust and will incorporate advanced technologies and materials, providing up to 11 per cent lower fuel consumption than comparable engines, according to the manufacturer. The new engine will feature a composite fan case to reduce weight, a 52 inch front fan blisk for lower cabin noise and vibration, and technologies from GE’s eCore suite, which aims to lower emissions and improve fuel efficiency. Testing of the engine is scheduled for Q2 2013.

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